T is for Tragedy–and Trepidation. It’s clawing within me, from the inside out. Its’ an unsettled, anxious and angry feeling. It’s a sadness, a sorrow that sweeps in, sometimes with gusts that almost splinter the soul. America is in peril. We are paralyzed. We are lost.
Today, we will hear a lot about the tragedy of 9/11. Pundits and politicians will act remember, reflect and regurgitate their remembrances. We’ll be inundated with images, reminders and recollections. And then by next week, all will be forgotten. We’ll return to our couches to watch football, Big Brother–and tweet about Kim Kardashian’s svelte figure.
My sadness—and personal conviction—require me to look in the mirror and see my own shortcomings and lack of national engagement. They also fuel my passion to point a finger at you (as a citizen of the USA). We’re all living under indictment and have been found guilty of selfish interests, ignorance and laziness. America today seems a wreck. Socially, everyone is clamoring about their rights and interests. The clashing and clanging cymbals shatter the peace. Even non-Americans claim national rights. And we have political forces on both sides of the aisle driving such entitlements. We are a nation divided. And we’re bankrupt. At $17 trillion, we are forever indebted to empires that are evil—and aren’t afraid to challenge our economy, technologies—and our military. China, Russia and the infamous axis of evil—not to mention radical Islamists are gaining strength while America wanes. These forces will arrive sooner rather than later, if not through terrorism or military might, but through economic chaos, sabotage and collapse. Why do we not grieve for our nation, our children and their children? They are destined to exist within a barren nation; financial slaves paying debts we accumulated over the last 50 to 60 years.
America faces new enemies, ferocious and fearless. They will not relent. We are their targets. Peace, diplomacy and “managing the problem,” aren’t enough. We have forgotten world history. Evil and evil destroyers do not negotiate. Radical Islamists kill, maim and crucify in the name of their God. They are zealots with purpose. America needs such purpose and resolve, fighting fire with fire, reciprocating with unprecedented and persistent force. We must destroy before we are destroyed. And for the peaceful Muslim community, where is your outrage, where is your voice? If you truly believe in peace, you must awaken, stand up and shout down those that tarnish what you call Islam—a peaceful religion. The absence—or at minimum, tepid response—among Muslims implies endorsement of your radical brothers.
Today, I can still see the 9/11 video image of a desperate man atop one of the Twin Towers. He’s amid an inferno near the top of the building. He chooses a death of his own making. He will not allow a plane or terrorist to claim his life. He will claim his own, so he jumps to his death. Full free fall. Do you remember?
Is All Hope Lost for the USA?
So it seems. We are on a dangerous path led by powerful idealogues who will sacrifice virtually everything to transform this nation. They are equipped and empowered because we—American citizenry—are either asleep, ignorant or divided into what this country should or should not be.
It feels that all hope is lost. But never discount what can be done by the people when they are engaged, informed and pressured to perform. Catalysts for such change are usually catastrophes, disasters and wars. Such action comes when tyranny destroys lives and liberties, and when each of us face such severe pain (economic, social, spiritual, physical). It’s these times that we act, organize and fight. Or lose everything. American unity and victory are feasible but we must act, engage and demonstrate our individual and collective strengths. Our strongest enemy is what we do not do. We must act with urgency to invigorate a sleeping citizenry. We must overthrow the majority of Republicans and Democrats in office through our political engagement – and vote in men and women that demonstrate commitments to the U.S. Constitution, and individual and inalienable rights. We must demand term limits and transparency so our representatives return to representing us.
The week of 9/11 is a perfect opportunity to reflect on our nation. I’m not a blind to America’s woes and wanton ways (past and present). We are not a perfect nation but we have been a beacon of hope for millions, worldwide. We have fought for democracy and the rights of men, women and children. We are mostly nation of helpers not haters.
9/11. Always remember.
We The People must awaken. America needs you. Your future generations need you.
Blessings to all those soldiers, husbands, wives and children of 9/11 victims. May God’s blessings and healing be upon you.